Legislature To Consider Split-Estate Issue

Casper, WY – The legislature is going to try to come up with legislation that will deal with the conflicts of surface owners and those who own minerals under the surface. The Judiciary committee has agreed to sponsor a bill that would require an agreement between a surface landowner and developer. Sheridan Senator Bruce Burns says the bill increases the damages and what's interpreted as damages rather than just grass. He says it takes into account the tangible and sometimes intangible values on the land and recognizes the loss of property values. Burns says Wyoming has never had that kind of language in state statutes before. He suspects parts of the bill will be unpopular with mineral interests, but Burns is hopeful they can at least get an amended piece of legislation through the legislature.